Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

Roses to the scores of cyclists who climbed McClure Pass while it was threatening rain Tuesday morning. They added a little spice to the USA Pro Challenge stage from Aspen to Mount Crested Butte. Most of the riders trekked from Carbondale and made a good ride of it. Others launched from Redstone and got their blood flowing with the steep climb. We echo the wishes of some who said they want to see the return of the race to Independence Pass next year, preferably with a finish at the top.

Thorns to the nine-to-fivers who are complaining about the disruptions caused by the USA Pro Challenge. We’re not sure if they are large in numbers, but they are loud of mouth. The day that Aspen gets so consumed with making money that it can’t live with street closures for 24 hours is the day we give up on Aspen’s soul. That said, the complainers raise a legitimate gripe about mismanagement of traffic out of Aspen on Monday evening. Aspen cops seem averse to traffic control. They apparently feel it’s beneath them. It shouldn’t be. The frustrating delays getting out of town could have been alleviated Monday by a good traffic director.

Roses for all the people taking the message of the Ice Bucket Challenge to heart. While it can be fun to dump a bucket of freezing ice water on your buddy’s head, the point of the trend is to generate donations for the ALS Association or at least spread awareness. If enough people keep that in mind, these viral videos could have a positive impact.

A rose to the man at the 19th Street Diner in Glenwood Springs at lunch on Friday who silently paid for the entire meal of the family of four sitting next to him — and then to that family, who upon learning of what he did after he already left, silently paid for the lunches of everyone else in the diner. It was a special moment for all who were there.

A thorn to Pitkin County for some confusing signs on the west end of McLain Flats Road. As you first access the road heading uphill toward the flats, there’s a sign saying, “No Trucks Allowed,” and a caution sign maybe a quarter-mile past the first sign that says, “Trucks Turning.” If no trucks are allowed, why is the truck-crossing sign necessary? Clarification, please.

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